i can’t help but try and support small producers, so whenever i see them pitch up at events, i always give them a try. i think since i have been doing all these pop up shopping events myself, i have totally appreciated the time and effort put into them. recently at the greenwich festival, i spotted a few of these quality companies.
kindred + wild, who make small batch apothecary oils and balms; i love the rosemary and thyme, perfect for your handbag and for smoothing your hair once you arrive somewhere and its gone all wild.
cakehole, great cakes, doughnuts and all things naughty. – they also make birthday cakes .
maya njie has a lovely range of perfumes, light and fresh, they are made with natural oils and are a change to the mass produced perfumes on the market. i dont like commercial perfumes, and stick to rosewater, but these are delicate and not overpowering. i bought nordic cedar, which apparently was her first creation.
suneeta creams are all handmade and natural – i saw them pitched outside the beigel shop on brick lane and bought a turmeric cream for dry patches – its incredibly soothing and moisturising and gave my daughter alice some as she suffers from excema now and again, and she really liked it. its very good value and the few things that i have tried (cleansing cream and eye gel) are impressive.
beggars velvet have a wonderful range of gifts incorporating text that are both functional and beautiful; colourful blocks of soap, boned spoons, beautiful carved wooden kitchen implements, linen aprons and an original piece of jewellery made with vintage coins and other found items – all of a high quality and packaged simply.
i have been doing up my sheds in suffolk, hoping to spend more time creating there – painting, making, reading, thinking – even a few pop up sales….